CATAMENIA

CATAMENIA BIOGRAPHY


Catamenia (FI) is a melodic dark metal band, founded in 1995 by their original members Riku Hopeakoski and Mika Tönning in Oulu, Finland. Their first two demos caught attention and lead to signing a contract in 1997 with Massacre Records, with whom they are cooperating till today.

After the recording of our first album 'Halls of Frozen North', Sebastian, one of our first fans ever, asked me : 'Riku, do you know what Catamenia means?' and I said NO? He said 'Catamenia means MENSTRUATIONS' ! I told myself : No it can not mean this.. SHIT! So, we wanted to change the name, but it was too late cos the album was already pressed and released. We decided to keep the name. But this name means nothing to us, it just sounds good. (Riku, in an interview for Metal France, 2007)

First full-length album, 'Halls of Frozen North' was recorded at Commusication Studios, Germany, working with Gerhard Magin (Crematory, Mystic Circle, etc), and released in 1998. It took only a year before the release of 'Morning Crimson', which was recorded in Sweden, at Sunlight Studios with Thomas Skogsberg (Katatonia, Dismember, etc).

The band already experienced first line-up changes; drummer Toni Tervo and guitarist Sampo Ukkola were replaced by Sir Luttinen and with current guitarist Ari Nissilä.

The next albums were recorded in Finland - 'Eternal Winter`s Prophecy' (Tico-Tico Studios with Ahti Kortelainen (Kalmah, Eternal Tears of Sorrow, Dawn of Relic) and 'Eskhata', at SoundMix Studios with producer Mika Pohjola (The Black League).

Chaos was born (ChaosBorn), at Neo Studio in Finland with Kari Vähäkuopus and Immu Ilmarinen (Burning Point, Embraze, Afterworld, Sentenced).

After great feedback from media and fans of 'ChaosBorn', Catamenia didn't rest long and decided to make the sixth album at the same studio, Mastervox Studios with producers Kakke Vähäkuopus and Immu Ilmarinen. The studio sessions were temporarily blocked because of unprofessional behaviour of some of the band-members, which led to line-up changes. Vocalist Mika and bassist Timo were replaced by new vocalist O.J. Mustonen and bassist Mikko Hepo-oja. Despite the facts of line-up changes, producers and the band itself, recorded and produced band's most powerful album to the date, 'Winternight Tragedies'.

After the great feedback of 'Winternight Tragedies', band did their first East European Tour, managed by ProMusic Production which was complete success. Despite the successful year 2005, Catamenia decided to replace bassist Mikko Hepo-oja unanimously, cause of non-working chemistry between the rest of the members. New bassist Toni Kansanoja (Black Swan, Burning Point) joins and stays with the band since.

In the end of 2005, Riku started to work on the seventh studio album and Mastervox studios was booked again for early summer 2006 with Kakke and Immu. This is the last contractual album for Massacre Records, so again it's time for negotiations and decisions to be made for the future.

Their seventh album had been anxiously expected, and they have finally entered the Mastervox studio, when the band had to face serious problems again. Vocalist Olli lost his voice after singing four songs and they had to replace him by their friend Antti 'Hape' Haapsamo from Mors Subita, who sang the rest of the songs. These unexpected troubles seem to be pushing the band's flames even higher, for the album 'Location: COLD' reached a whole new level in Catamenia's history. Many reviewers and fans have named the album as very variable with ultra-fast riffing and amazing melodies, but also few mid-tempo songs as well. Their famous cover on this album is W.A.S.P.'s I Wanna Be Somebody.

After working together for the last three albums and friendship band mates' common thinking evolved, Kari Vähäkuopus was invited to join the band as a clean vocalist.

At Catamenia's visit to Warsaw, Poland, their first DVD, 'Bringing The Cold To Poland', was recorded (produced by Metal Mind Productions).

Catamenia's story also has dramatic romantic twists. During the touring in Russia and Europe, their keyboard-player Tero decided to leave the band after Russian part of the tour. Drummer Veikko Jumisko departed from Catamenia in Spring 2007 because he was not capable to join the touring anymore. However, it wasn't long before Catamenia stroke gold with another drummer, perfect, yet still enough crazy: Mikko Nevanlahti joins the band.

Catamenia is again a 5-piece band by the final departure of vocalist Olli Mustonen, after his problems with vocal chords and loss of voice. The lead vocal stand was taken by Ari Nissilä, Kari Vähäkuopus and Toni Kansanoja.

The 'The Time Unchained' is the long-expected 8th album, recorded at the SoundMix Studio, with the mixing and mastering taking place at Mastervox Studios, Oulu, Finland and completely produced by Kakke & Catamenia. As the band represented the album, so the reviews and fans concur: it is very variable and includes aggressive, fast guitar riffling with blasting drums, screaming vocals and low grunts but still having the traditional Catamenia melodies and clean vocals. This is also the first time, that Catamenia album is not including any keyboards.

After a very succesful Heidenfest Tour with Finntroll, Primordial, Eluveitie, Equilibrium and Månegarm, Riku starts to compose new songs and the band starts to prepare for the next studio album.

The next studio album is now ready and was released in February 2010 by the name 'Cavalcade' via Massacre Records. Again it proves that the band has a lot more to tell and show, and just keeps on creating and growing - this time with major changes in their music. Few curiosities on the album are that the song 'Blood Trails' is featuring also Ville Laihiala from Poisonblack and it also includes a tribute song for Sentenced, 'Farewell'. Also minor changes took place inside the band - all the rhythm guitars are played from now on by clean vocalist Kari while Ari is concentrating only on screaming vocals.

After a successful Brutal Assault Festival 2010, band faces some serious line-up changes, but Riku's still determined to keep the band on going and gathers a new army around including ex-bassist Mikko Hepo-oja, and two new guys as guitarist Sauli Jauhiainen and drummer Toni Qvick. Later on, between three singers, ex-Catamenia Olli-Jukka Mustonen, Ash from Agathodaimon and Juha-Matti Perttunen from All Against, band signs the last mentioned for the place of the singer.

After few months rehearsing with the new line-up, one huge change will happen: band decides to include keyboards back to the music as old days, and keyboard master Jussi Sauvola is recruited to the band.

After first, huge success festivals and club shows thruout the Europe with the new crew, the band decides to record their first compilation album, but not only satisfying on remastering the originals, but completely re-recording the songs in Mastervox Studios with Kakke Vähäkuopus. The Rewritten Chapters is now written with never-seen-before power in the band and they are ready making tours around the world 2012 example in South America Mexico, Russia and Europe!

Through awesome tours in Japan and around the world, few years passed by, because Riku had a major issues with his right elbow - tendonitis with small tear on a muscle, but now Catamenia is back in business and working on new songs to get the new album out 2018!

CATAMENIA ALBUMS

Cavalcade / 2010

01. Blood Trails
02. Cavalcade
03. The Path That Lies Behind Me
04. Silence
05. Quantity of Sadness
06. Post Mortem
07. The Vulture's Feast
08. A Callous Mind
09. Reincarnation
10. Angry Again
11. Farewell

VIII – The Time Unchained / 2008

01. Garden of Thorns
02. Alive...Cold...Dead!
03. Tuhon Oma
04. Dominion
05. The Time Unchained
06. Embody and Behold
07. Fallen
08. Uhrimalja
09. Road of Bones
10. The Last Day Before...
11. From Out of Nowhere

Location: COLD / 2006

01. Tribe of Eternity
02. Gallery of Fear
03. Coldbound
04. Tuhat Vuotta
05. Closed Gates of Hope
06. Zero Gravity
07. Location: COLD
08. The Day When the Sun Faded Away
09. Expect No Mercy
10. I Wanna Be Somebody (W.A.S.P. Cover)

Winternight Tragedies / 2005

01. The Heart of Darkness
02. Verikansa
03. Strength and Honor
04. The Crystal Stream
05. Kaamos Warrior
06. My Blood Stained Path
07. Perintö Pohjolan
08. Iced Over
09. The Ancient
10. Fuel for Hatred

ChaosBorn / 2003

01. Kuolon tanssi
02. Calm Before the Storm
03. The Fallen Angel, Part I (Astaroth & Astarte)
04. The Fear's Shadow
05. Mirrorized Thoughts
06. Lost in Bitterness
07. The Era
08. The Fallen Angel, Part II (The Rising)
09. One with Sorrow
10. Hollow Out – ChaosBorn

Eskhata / 2002

01. Storm
02. Rain of Blood
03. Flames
04. Vortex
05. Coexistence Circle
06. Landscape
07. Karma
08. Astral Tears
09. Time in My Hands
10. Beyond the Starlight
11. Eskhata

Eternal Winter’s Prophecy / 2000

01. Gates of Anubis
02. Soror Mystica
03. Blackmension
04. Kingdom of Legions
05. Half Moons, Half Centuries
06. Forever Night
07. Dawn of the Chosen World
08. Eternal Winter's Prophecy
09. In the Void
10. The Darkening Sun
11. In the Capricorn's Cradle

Morning Crimson / 1999

01. Aurora Borealis
02. Talviyön varjot
03. ...And Winter Descends
04. In Blood They Lay
05. Beauty Embraced By the Night
06. Passing Moment of Twilight Time
07. Cast the Stars Beyond
08. Morning Crimson
09. The Forests of Tomorrow
10. Towards the Winds of Winter
11. When the Frost Took the Lakes
12. Shadeweaver's Season
13. Winternacht

Halls of Frozen North / 1998

01. Dreams of Winterland
02. Into Infernal
03. Freezing Winds of North
04. Enchanting Woods
05. Halls of Frozen North
06. Forest Enthroned
07. Awake in Dark
08. Song of the Nightbird
09. Icy Tears of Eternity
10. Burning Aura
11. Child of Sunset
12. Land of the Autumn Winds
13. Pimeä yö
14. Outro

LINKS

CONTACT

BAND / INFO
Catamenia
Rajakaltionkatu 1 A 16
FI - 90530 Oulu
Finland - EU
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Phone: +358 40 591 8675
Skype: hopeakoski

BOOKING / MANAGEMENT
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PROMOTION AGENCY
Sure Shot Worx
Stadtdeich 3, EG / Fruchthof
D - 20097 Hamburg
Germany - EU
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http://www.sureshotworx.de
Phone: +49 4032 526 771
Fax: +49 4032 526 773

LABEL
Massacre Records
Rauheckstr. 10
D - 74232 Abstatt
Germany - EU
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http://www.massacre-records.com
Fax: +49 7062 64375

Spiritual Beast
203,3-33-17 Simorenjaku
Mitaka-city, Tokyo 181-0013
Japan
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http://www.spiritual-beast.com
Fax: +81 422 49 9987

VIDEOS

Cavalcade

Location:COLD

Tuhat Vuotta

Kuolon Tanssi

MEMBERS

CURRENT

Juha-Matti Perttunen
harsh vocals (2010–present)
Riku Hopeakoski
lead guitar, backing vocals (1995–present)
keyboards (2001-2002)
Sauli Jauhiainen
rhythm guitar (2010–present)
Mikko Hepo-oja
bass, backing vocals (2005–2006, 2010–present)
Jussi Sauvola
keyboards (2011–present)
Toni Qvick
drums, clean vocals (2010–present)

FORMER

Ari Nissilä
guitar (2000–2010)
harsh vocals (2008-2010)
clean vocals (2002)
Mikko Nevanlahti
drums (2008–2010)
Toni Kansanoja
bass, low grunts (2006–2010)
Kakke Vähäkuopus
clean vocals (2006–2010)
rhythm guitar (2010)
Olli-Jukka Mustonen
harsh vocals (2005–2008)
Mika Tönning
harsh vocals (1995–2003)
Sampo Ukkola
guitars (1997–1999)
Timo Lehtinen
bass (1995–2003) (Kalmah)
Heidi Riihinen
keyboards (1995–2000)
Tero Nevala
keyboards, backing (2003–2006)
Toni Tervo
drums (1995–1999)
Kimmo 'Sir' Luttinen
drums (1999–2001)
Veikko Jumisko
drums (2003–2007)
Janne Kuzmin
drums (2001-2002)
Pietu
drums (2002-2003)
Mikko Nevanlahti
drums (2007-2010)

If members listed here are not accurate please inform us at webmaster@metalfromfinland.com This includes both CURRENT and FORMER members.